Accident to the helicopter AS 350 registered 9M-APL operated by Aerial Powerlines on 18/11/2016 at Kelantan [Investigation led by BSKU / Malaysia]

Preliminary data based on the notification from the Malaysian authorities:

Aircraft 9M-APL was approaching to land into wind direction (west) of SK Batu Melintang football field for another passengers pick-up to operation area (LP 2J). Due to aircraft facing direct sunlight, pilot intended to turn 180 degrees. However, during turning left, aircraft suddenly swift severely to the left due to gusting wind. As a result, aircraft tail rotor hit the ground and tail rotor assembly broken and flew off. Pilot managed to land the aircraft facing east safely without any other incident.